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Diatron MI, Pictus 500 (P500) (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Diatron MI, Pictus 500 (P500) (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Chemistry and immunoassay analyzers for point-of-care and low-volume laboratories, June 2018

Contact Information

Diatron MI
Frank Matuszak
Medley, FL

Name of instrument Pictus 500 (P500)
Type of instrument chemistry
Operational type/Model type batch, random access, continuous random access, discrete/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. $42,860/2016
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume 20–100/500–2,500
Company manufactures instrument yes
Other models in this family of analyzers Pictus 700 (P700)
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries) > 40/≤ 200 (Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia)
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 24.4 × 35.4 × 26 in./6.4 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 253 lbs./271 lbs.
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. full drugs-of-abuse menu and general chemistry
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries 63 barcoded clinical chemistry parameters, including substrates, electrolytes, enzymes, specific proteins
Tests in development for analyzer vitamin D
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously up to 72
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels variable
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time 420/30–1,200 sec. (avg. 300 sec.)
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels 3
Detection methods photometry, potentiometry
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode 60 sec./60 specimens per hr.
• Basic metabolic panel 450 sec./40 specimens per hr.
• Complete metabolic panel 540 sec./20 specimens per hr.
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample 24 sec.
Fully automated microplate immunoassay system
Methodologies supported
Separation methodologies
Stat time until completion of a ß-hCG test
Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Stat time until completion of a cTn test
• Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Approx. No. of tests per reagent set or pack/Reagent type 50–200 per set, 400–1,800 per pack/self-contained multiuse, open reagent system
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (8°±2°C)/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/yes
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (open reagent system)/no
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run no/no
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/180 min. or 95 specimens or 1,000 tests/assays
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes yes/yes (can store up to 80 cuvettes)
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 2–100 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume 180 µL/22 μL/100 μL
Dedicated pediatric sample cup no
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]: 13 × 75 up to 16 × 100)/no
Protects against probe collision yes
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/yes/no
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots no/no/no/yes
Dilutes patient samples onboard/Susceptibility to carryover yes (can be programmed to perform dilutions prior to analysis)/30 parts per million
Automatic rerun capability yes
Sample volume can be diluted to rerun out-of-linear-range high results/concentrated to rerun out-of-linear-range low results yes/yes
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply no (2 L/hr. consumption during operation)
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants can be stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: 7 days)
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays 8 hrs./—/7 days/14 days/14 days
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown no/no
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC yes/yes
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte yes
Waste management manually by user (direct to drain option in some settings)
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC, Codabar, Code 39, Code 128)/no
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer yes
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes (operator intervention required to order parts)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring yes
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability yes/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced AP Visions, Schuyler House, CGM LabDaq, others
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability yes (additional cost)/yes (broadcast download and host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time no/48 hrs.
Mean time between failures 1 per year (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel daily: 30 min.; weekly: 1 hr.; monthly: 2 hrs.
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor no/no
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard no
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (2 training slots)/3 days (at customer site)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held yes (extra charge)/vendor site (preferred) or customer site
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/ $5,500
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • uninterrupted workflow • Windows-based, intuitive, user-friendly software • high-quality components for long stability and result reliability
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